Last Updated: Sat Feb 19, 2011 18:29 pm (KSA) 15:29 pm (GMT)

Egypt’s famed artists blacklisted for being pro Mubarak

Blacklisted Egyptian artists
Blacklisted Egyptian artists

Egyptian actors, musicians, and media figures that showed support for the country’s former President Hosni Mubarak are now grouped in a blacklist by the political activists of the Egyptian 25 January revolution, the London-based Asharq al-Awsat reported on Friday.

The political activists called the Egyptian public to boycott those artists’ work from now on, with their blacklist first appearing on the internet, and then proliferated in a number of media publications.

The blacklist includes Egyptian superstar Tamer Hosni, who famously called on protestors in Tahrir Square to return to their homes. Despite Hosni’s later attempt to visit Tahrir Square and recant this position, demonstrators jeered at him and called him to go.

Despite a YouTube video showing the distraught singer crying and asking the protestors forgiveness, it failed to mend his reputation which is now defamed as “pro Mubarak”.

Biggest surprise

Adel Imam, Egypt’s and the Arab World’s mega-star who appeared in more than 100 films, came out strongly in defense of Mubarak and his regime.

Imam’s stance not only surprised many Egyptians but it contradicted his previous leading roles in many nationalist and anti-establishment films such as "Al Erhab Wal Kebab" [Terrorism and Kebab], Al-Sefara Fil-Emara [The Embassy in the Building], and Emerat Yacoubian [The Yacoubian Building].

However others were not surprised by this, as Adel Imam is known to be a close friend of Hosni Mubarak and his family.

Another famed Egyptian, the actress Samah Anwar, who during the Tahrir Protests was quoted as saying "if the situation required authorities to use fighter planes and nuclear against them [the protestors], then no time should be wasted in order to save Egypt."

Egyptian political activists have also criticized another mega-star, the pop singer, Amr Diab for fleeing the country during this historical period, and even claimed that his silence was a tacit expression of support for the former regime.

Diab's name did not appear in the grave blacklist, but some political activists have called on Egyptians to boycott his music.

Another Egyptian figure who followed Diab's example was Egyptian actress Mina Shalabi who also left the country during the protests, seeking refuge in London.

The revolution showed the contradiction where some Egyptian public figures known for being vocal critics of the regime remained silent during the protests, such as Egyptian actors Mahmoud Yassin, Nour al-Sharif, and Yahya al-Fakharany.

Artists who joined the Tahrir square are now listed in another list dubbed as “The Ones In Our Hearts”.

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